NBA Odds & Picks For the Heat & Trail Blazers Sunday Afternoon

Steven Suarez

Sunday, December 20, 2015 3:53 PM GMT

Dwyane Wade and the Heat play host to Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers, and we're here to break down the NBA odds and find the best picks we can.

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NBA Pick: Miami Heat ATS
Best Line Offered: -5 (-105) at 5Dimes

 

Odds Overview
Checking on the NBA Odds, we find the Heat are favored by five points across the board at all of the top sportsbooks. Make sure to keep checking back with SBR in order to track the line live movement; that way you can jump on a more favorable number. You never know, the extra half point or full point could make all of the difference.

More interested in trying to beat the total? The O/U has settled in at around 193.5 points, a low number that makes sense when you consider how strong the Heat have been defensively. 

 

Miami Heat
After seeing their three-game winning streak come to an end at home against Toronto, we can expect the Heat to be motivated to bounce back. Chris Bosh in particular couldn't have been too happy to have lost to his old team, in front of the team's own fans no less.

Despite that setback, Miami is 15-10 overall on the season, which puts them atop the Southwest division, a half game up on Atlanta, Charlotte and Orlando. The Heat have showcased a tremendous balance, with six different players having averaged double figures in scoring heading into this afternoon's matchup. Dwyane Wade leads the way with 18.5 points per contest, with Bosh, Hassan Whiteside, Gerald Green, Goran Dragic and Luol Deng all hitting double digits as well.

It's defensively where Miami has shone most though, as the Heat are ranked second in scoring defense, having allowed just 94.4 points a game on average. Their excellent rim protection in the form of Bosh and Whiteside has been at the heart of that defensive success, and should be a key component for Miami again today.

 

Portland Trail Blazers
The Trail Blazers have hit a wall of late, losing two straight games and going 2-5 over their last seven. They've dropped to 11-17 on the season and have dug themselves quite a big hole already in the deep and talented Western Conference.

Indeed, we're not expecting much out of Portland for the remainder of the season, save for some dazzling guard play out of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. Their backcourt situation is settled and one of the best in the NBA, but the rest of the roster leaves a lot to be desired, and that's why we've seen the Trail Blazers start to struggle. Their lack of interior presence has been a killer, and that certainly doesn't bode well for this trip to South Beach to play the long and athletic Heat.

Still, whenever you've got a duo like Lillard and McCollum, you can never fully count a team out. These two have been on another level this season, and we know they have to have big games if they want to guide Portland to a positive outcome in this encounter with Wade and company.

 

NBA Pick
The Trail Blazers have a formidable backcourt, there's no denying that, but we don't believe that's going to be enough against a rock solid Miami team. Portland just can't match what the Heat bring to the table when we look at the full picture.

With home court advantage on their side, and being the more balanced and better team overall, we like Miami to come out and not only win straight up but cover the spread.

Look for the Heat to try and establish Bosh and Whiteside inside against a very weak Portland interior, as that's where the Heat have the biggest matchup advantage in this one. With the frontcourt leading the way, we believe Miami will come out and take care of business on their own court this afternoon and our NBA Pick for Sunday reflects that.